Animal welfare


Abandoned dogs

Dogs that have been left in or attached to property as unwanted pets will not be seized or detained by the Council. The Council recommends that you contact the RSPCA: Halifax and Huddersfield Animal Centre|External link or the Dogs Trust or other dog welfare organisations.

Barking dogs

For information about barking dogs see Neighbour noise.

Dangerous dogs

The responsibility for enforcing legislation in relation to the keeping of dangerous dogs (such as the Japanese Tosa, Fila Brasiliero, Dogo Argentino or a Pit-Bull Terrier type) lies with West Yorkshire Police: Calderdale Neighbourhood Policing|External link on telephone number 101.

If we receive a complaint about a stray dog that is acting aggressively the Dog Wardens may attempt to seize or detain it as a matter of priority.

Dog Control Orders

Five new Dog Control Orders came into force on Monday 3rd September 2012. These relate to the control of dogs in open spaces such as parks, recreation grounds and on roads and they also contain new measures in relation to dog fouling.

For more information, see Dog control orders.

Dog fouling

The Fouling of Land by Dogs (Calderdale) Order 2012 defines the fact that is an offence for a person who is in charge of a dog to not clean up immediately after the dog has fouled. See Dog fouling.

Found dogs

Lost dogs

If you have lost your dog you should report it to the Police as they are responsible for recording lost property.

You may also wish to contact local veterinary practices to see if they have treated the dog. Details of local veterinary practices can be found in Yell - the UK's local business directory|External link.

Reclaiming a stray dog or lost dog

To reclaim a stray dog from the Council's kennels you must pay a Government fine, a Council administration charge, any veterinary fees and boarding fees. The Council's kennels do not have any discretion to alter these charges. The full amount must be paid to the kennels in cash or by credit or debit card on collection of the dog.


Description of chargeCharge £
(including VAT@ 20%)
Administration charge per reclaim£30.00
Statutory charge per reclaim£25.00
Kennelling: per dog, per day£15.00

The charges for reclaiming a single dog are summarised in the table below. This table shows the total charge payable, excluding veterinary charges, if you collect your dog on the day shown. For example, if you collect your dog on the fourth day after it was taken to the kennels you will have to pay £115 reclaim charge.

If there are any veterinary fees these will be charged in addition to the charges shown.

Days or part days since the dog was taken to the kennelsTotal charge £
(including VAT@ 20%)
First day of kennelling£70
Second day£85
Day 3£100
Day 4£115
Day 5£130
Day 6£145
Day 7£160
Day 8£175
Day 9£190
Day 10£205
Day 11£220

To reclaim your dog you will need one of the following forms of identification:

For details of the Council's kennels and how to get there, see Found dogs.

Responsible dog ownership

It is an offence to allow a dog to be in a public place without it wearing a collar and tag bearing the owners identity. It is essential to ensure that contact details are kept up to date.

It is not currently a legal requirement to have a dog microchipped. However, legislation is being developed to make it a requirement by April 2016. The Council encourages all dog owners to consider 'chipping their dog(s) to assist in reuniting lost dogs with their owners.

Stray dogs

You can report a stray dog roaming the streets to the Dog Wardens who will try to seize it, particularly if the dog is a danger to the public or a traffic hazard.

If the Dog Wardens seize a dog they will take it to the Council's kennels where it will be kept for 7 days prior to it being re-homed or put to sleep. If the dog owner can be identified then the Dog Wardens will attempt to contact the owner and inform them how to reclaim their dog. We do not deliver stray dogs back to their owners, even if the dog is chipped or has a collar. It is the responsibility of the owner to collect the dog from the kennels.

Report a stray dog


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Last Updated: 01/04/2016